Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

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Linda Hollis, PhD, joined St. Luke's as Chief Executive Officer on April 8. Her career spans more than 20 years in various sectors including nonprofits, behavioral health clinics, educational institutions and nursing homes always holding Elder care near and dear. Most recently, Hollis served as Executive Director of Catholic Community Services in Tucson and Sierra Vista. “We are thrilled to have an individual of Hollis’ caliber as the new head of St. Luke’s Home,” said Nancy Nagle, President of the St. Luke’s Board of Directors. “Her combined expertise with Elders and in executive leadership roles make her the ideal candidate to work with the St. Luke’s Board as we continue to build St. Luke’s as a model of high-quality assisted-living for low-income Elders.” Hollis holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and…
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St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

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When you visit the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend be certain to stop by Booth 146!  St. Luke's has its very own booth at the Festival where you can buy a copy of St. Luke’s in the Desert Story: A Century of Community Service (cover of book pictured above), learn more about St. Luke's in the Desert's 100-years of service to populations in need, or just chat for a bit with a member of the St. Luke's Board of Visitors. Stop by on Saturday, March 2 or Sunday, March 3 between 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the University of Arizona . The book will be available for purchase for only $15.00.  Also available: free bookmarks, and a $1.00 basket of packaged historic note cards from past years of…
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Message from Nancy Nagle, Board President

Message from Nancy Nagle, Board President

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  Dear Friends of St. Luke's Home: It is with sadness that I inform you that St. Luke's CEO L'Don Sawyer will be leaving St. Luke's Home on February 12 to return to a position with Tucson Medical Center to expand its Telehealth Program. Diana Sheldon will serve as the Interim CEO effective February 5, 2019. Her contact: ceo@stlukeshometucson.org and direct line:  207-0849. Please let us know if you know anyone interested in the permanent CEO position. As you all know, L'Don loves everything about St Luke’s and will continue to partner and engage (as she did in her previous position at TMC) with our St. Luke's community. This includes advocating for St. Luke's with her many high-level contacts across our community.  Over the last several months, I have heard many…
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Know Who Needs You – Carl

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  Know Who Needs You - #3 Welcome to St. Luke's third Know Who Needs You holiday postcard. In this season of returning light, we hope the stories about our Elders fill your hearts. Please know how profoundly grateful we all are for your generosity. It is because of you St. Luke's is able to keep its doors open to low-income older adults. Thank you!       Meet Carl:   Literature, travel and teaching are the passions of Carl's life. A native of Cambridge, MA, he graduated from the oldest secondary school in the nation, Boston Latin School, founded in 1635. He went on to earn a master’s and doctorate from Boston University. His first job was in Los Angeles as a high school teacher where he taught many…
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Know Who Needs You – Lois

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  Know Who Needs You - #2 It is our pleasure to share the second in our series of holiday postcards: Know Who Needs You. Thanks to all of you for not looking away! Your support and generosity provide our Elders a year-long gift of dignity, safety, community and care for which they are all deeply grateful.   Meet Lois: Two days each week, when you come through the front door of St. Luke's Home,  Lois' smiling face greets you. Pictured above right with Sadie, high- school-volunteer extraordinaire, Lois' kind and gentle ways are appreciated by all. You can often find her in the hall near the med room reading the Arizona Daily Star or in the dining room. No matter the time of day, her smile is always at the ready.…
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St. Luke’s CEO Advocates for Elder Housing Solutions

St. Luke’s CEO Advocates for Elder Housing Solutions

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[caption id="attachment_5329" align="aligncenter" width="500"] L'Don Sawyer, CEO of St. Luke's Home[/caption] Important Op Ed by CEO L'Don Sawyer that was published in the December 10th Arizona Daily Star. L'Don is Chair of the regional Elder Alliance Older Adult and Housing Action Team. A 76-year old woman tearfully told her story of living in a van after her two sisters died of cancer last year and then her van was hit by a car, demolishing her mobility and home. “My life is in storage in Sierra Vista,” she shared. Mary lost her home in the foreclosure crisis and lives now with an 80-year old who provides her a room in exchange for services around his home. A World War II vet lost his “job” house-sitting and was desperately seeking housing. “I…
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Know Who Needs You – Edna

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    Know Who Needs You - #1 This marks the third year we are honored to share our holiday Know Who Needs You postcard sent weekly in December so you can better know the amazing people who live at St. Luke's. Thanks to all of you for not looking away. Your support and generosity provide our Elders the dignity, safety, community and care all of them deserve.     Meet Edna: For 24-years, St. Luke's has been home to Edna, who holds the record for living in our community longer than anyone there today. A native of Buffalo, NY, she speaks fondly of cars with rumble seats (great for dates!), penny candy at the movies, and playing center on her school basketball team because she was tallest. Her first job…
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SAHBA Orchestrates St. Luke’s Beautification

SAHBA Orchestrates St. Luke’s Beautification

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  When David Godlewski, president of the Southern Arizona Home Builders, first read about St. Luke's 100-year celebrations, he scheduled a visit to St. Luke's and asked CEO L'Don Sawyer, "How can I help?" A brief tour of St. Luke's quickly revealed the need for rejuvenation of the iron work and steel structures in front of St. Luke's, including in the East Courtyard where the kick-off event was held. Godlewski gathered several of his members including AB LeCocq Construction and the Home Builders Institute (HBI), which brought in a group of students to do the prepping. Dunn-Edwards donated all of the paint required. (Pictured above are John Gallagher of HBI in green and Octavio Mendivils of AB LeCocq Construction). As Godlewski said, “We are honored to have played a small…
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Makeover Magic for the St. Luke’s Van!

Makeover Magic for the St. Luke’s Van!

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St. Luke's van, which transports our Elders at no extra charge for shopping and other special occasions, had grown a bit worn and shabby from it years of service to St. Luke's Elders. Not any more!  Thanks to Az Litho, the vision of CEO L'Don Sawyer, Raim & Associates and the financial support of the Board of Visitors, the van is now wrapped in a cover that matches St. Luke's Report to the Community. A stunning, and highly  public display of the faces of our Elders, the beauty of our grounds and the pride and dignity that is central to St. Luke's. Today, we can all be proud of St. Luke's expanded presence in Southern Arizona as expressed through our brochures, annual reports, op eds  and other communications. Upgrading and beautifying…
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Fall Prevention Clinics Offered for Staff and Elders

Fall Prevention Clinics Offered for Staff and Elders

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Susan Kinkade, RN, BSN, CEN, Trauma Outreach/ Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner University Medical Center led a clinic for the Elders and informational session for St. Luke's staff to heighten awareness on fall prevention. (She is pictured above, far right, leading Elders through fall prevention exercises). "Falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death among people aged 65 and older. Two thirds of those who fall will fall again within 6 months," Kinkade told Elders and staff. "And 25% of seniors who fracture a hip will die within six months of injury. The rate of falls for residents in care homes is twice as large as the rate of falls which occur for elders living in the community." She had good news too. There is much that can…
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